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Mike Coots to host amputee Surf Day at Manly Beach

by North on March 20, 2015

A truly great story here from the Manly Daily newspaper by Bryn Kay March 19 2015

Meet the inspirational Hawaiian surfer set to hit the waves at Manly Beach and prove two legs aren’t necessarily better than one.

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Meet Mike Coots, 35, who, at he age of 17 lost his right leg to a Tiger Shark.

But Mr Coots’ can-do attitude to overcome his horrific injury and surf as well as he can, only tells part of his remarkable story.
“Leading into the shark attack, I was a bodyboarder,” he said.
“I didn’t learn to stand-up surf until after the injury.”

Mr Coots,will host an Amputee Surf Day at Manly from midday to 4pm on Saturday.

The event is intended to show amputees that they shouldn’t let their misfortune limit their ability to stay active.
“Being an amputee you’re sort of in a unique group,” he said.
“To get everybody together to bond, have fun, check out everybody’s equipment, see how they do things and ride some waves together … I think that’s a really good thing.”
Run in partnership with Manly Surf School, all amputees are welcome but should register beforehand.

To register or for further details call 4969 8700 or email vbirgisdottir@apcprosthetics.com.au.

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